For seven consecutive years, The Economist has crowned Melbourne the world’s most liveable city – and in 2017, Sydney failed to scrape into the top 10. The Emerald City is blessed with an enviable climate and unmatched natural beauty, so what is holding it back? Join City of Sydney Councillor Jess Scully, curator and author Felicity Fenner and Keep Sydney Open’s Tyson Koh as they discuss everything from housing affordability to lockout laws and public resources in conversation with Clare Holland.

Felicity Fenner (Australian)

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Felicity Fenner is a leading curator of contemporary art. Her work focuses on aspects of place and place-making, encapsulated in projects such as Primavera 2005 at Sydney’s MCA, the 2008 Adelaide Biennial and exhibitions commissioned for the 2009 Venice Biennale and 2013 International Symposium of Electronic Arts. She publishes regularly in leading art journals, is a lead investigator on the international Curating Cities database of public art, and a member since 2007 of City of Sydney’s Public Art Advisory Panel.

Jess Scully (Australian)

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Jess Scully was the founding director of Vivid Ideas, Australia's largest creative industries event, and has curated creative sector events including Junket, TEDxSydney and Curating Participation. Jess was a founding contributor to the Sydney Culture Network, launched in late 2017. She is an advocate for the knowledge economy, creative and cultural sector, and encouraging participation in politics, creativity and enlivening our public realm. As a public art curator, her projects included Green Square Library and Plaza. She has served as an arts policy advisor and strategist, directed the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards and the Creative Cities East Asia project, and began her career as editor of a number of creative industries publications including Yen, Empty and Hotpress. Jess is passionate about cities and city-making, and in 2016 was elected as a Councillor for the City of Sydney.

Tyson Koh (Australian)

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Tyson Koh is the Campaign Director of anti-lockout group Keep Sydney Open and produces the ABC’s long-running music program, Rage. Since 2014, Tyson has been a key advocate for Sydney’s nightlife and engages with state and local governments to support the city’s night-time economy. He has staged rallies and precinct activations, most notably a protest in February 2016, attended by 15,000 people. Keep Sydney Open has recently registered as a political party to contest the 2019 NSW election.

Clare Holland (Australian)

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Clare Holland has recently been appointed Head of Culture for Red Bull Australia. Prior to this she was Managing Director of FBi Radio, Sydney’s largest independent youth broadcaster. FBi has been pivotal in discovering and breaking new talent, supporting local industry and in building broad audiences for local music, arts and culture. Clare has also worked for Sydney Festival, the Biennale of Sydney and Underbelly Arts. Over the last 10 years she has developed a reputation for identifying and cultivating emerging talent and championing new directions for contemporary culture in Sydney.